Katie Couric Recalls an ‘Uncomfortable’ Interview With Denzel Washington

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Katie Couric is looking back at a 2004 interview she did with Denzel Washington.

The anchor recalled on the Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino podcast that she interviewed the actor for NBC News 16 years ago about the film The Manchurian Candidate.

Katie told Danny that she believed Denzel “totally misconstrued a question I asked and kind of jumped all over me and it was so uncomfortable.”

During the interview, which also featured Meryl Streep, Katie asked him if he agreed with the idea that “Hollywood folks should just stick to acting.”

Denzel responded, “I don’t know what Hollywood folks are, first of all. … Hollywood is a town that has some stars on the sidewalk. I don’t know anybody from there … That’s like calling you a ‘type’ of folks. I’m not a Hollywood folk. I don’t know who they are.”

Katie then rephrased it by saying, “Are you one of those people that —.”

“Ah, there you go,” he interrupted. “‘Am I one of those people?’ Hm, isn’t that interesting?'”

He then added, “No, don’t stop. I heard what you just said. ‘Am I one of those people?’ No, I’m not.”

“I’m a human being. My job is acting,” he concluded.

Katie reflected with Danny, “I just remember leaving it and thinking, ‘God, I must have … I don’t think I said anything wrong, I don’t know what happened.'”

“Anyway,” she added, “he must have been having a really bad day, because he later wrote a really big check to my colon cancer organization, which I thought was super sweet.”

Ouch! Hm… perhaps Denzel was overthinking this one.

Read the transcript HERE.